Dallat welcomes enhanced powers for Consumer Council
Speaking after meeting with the acting Chief Executive of the Consumer Council, Aodhan O’Donnell, Mr Dallat said:
‘This announcement is good news both for the Consumer Council and for consumers in Northern Ireland. The awarding of ‘Super-Complainant’ status means that the council will now be able to pursue the interests of local consumers by submitting super-complaints to the Financial Conduct Authority.
‘The Consumer Council is now one of only four organisations across the UK which has such powers. I want to congratulate the staff who continue to provide an excellent service and have been deservedly recognised with this accolade.
‘This now vindicates the Consumer Council which has been under sustained political attack from some corners for some time now. It also supports the SDLP’s position that the independence of the Council should be retained and any review into the work that it does should focus on how the organisation can be supported to play an enhanced role to fight in the interests of ordinary consumers.
‘I hope that the review into the work of the Consumer Council will take note of this important development and reach a conclusion which will see the voice of consumers in the North strengthened, not diminished.’